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A two-year position as an Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) Research Fellow is available to a recent graduate or anticipated 2019 graduate of a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The overall goal of this position is to provide the Research Fellow with robust training in social science research with a focus on the Human-Animal-Environment Interaction field, in preparation for a career in research. The Institute for Human-Animal Connection is a specialized program within the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver which intentionally elevates the value of the living world and the interrelationship and health of people, other animals, and the environment. This is accomplished through social science-informed education, applied knowledge, research and advocacy, with an ethical regard for all species. Focusing on three core areas of Therapeutic Human-Animal Interventions, Animals in Communities and One Health, IHAC operationalizes its mission through innovation in education, research and advocacy.

Position Summary

The IHAC Research Fellow will be an integral member of the IHAC research program at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, supervised by the Institute’s Director of Research with direct reporting to the IHAC Research Associates. An emphasis will be placed on creating academic products including funding proposals, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference abstracts, and other publications to formally communicate research findings and build the Fellow’s professional portfolio. After two years, the IHAC Research Fellow will be prepared for doctoral programs and/or research within academic, non-profit, or for-profit environments. The fellowship will be structured over two years to emphasize the development of strong research skills, strategies, and ethics. The first year will primarily focus on project management skills and strategies within one of IHAC’s existing research areas. This will include working closely with an IHAC Research Associate on project implementation, funding proposals, and manuscripts to report study findings; overseeing teams of Graduate Research Assistants; and helping to maintain good working relationships with collaborators at other universities and community partners. In the second year, the IHAC Research Fellow will have expanded responsibilities within the Institute’s research agenda. This will include working more autonomously on existing research projects and helping expand the Institute’s research portfolio. MSW graduates who plan to pursue a career in social science research or program evaluation, specifically those who are interested in contributing to understanding the impacts of the intersections between people, other animals, and the environment, are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in considering applications from members of underrepresented groups, first generation college graduates or those who work on topics related to these issues. The IHAC Research Fellow will receive a full-time salary with access to University of Denver benefits. Preference will be given to University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work graduates and to applicants with a history of demonstrated interest in research, project management, and human-animal-environment interactions.

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 National Sporting Library & Museum Accepting Fellowship Applications through August 15, 2019: Since 2007, the NSLM has hosted a fellowship program to study history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing. Past Fellowship recipients include post-graduate students, authors, curators, professors and scholars researching a variety of subjects related to field sports. The diversity of Fellows’ projects reflects the wide variety of material within the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room and the NSLM collections. Topics have included history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing. University faculty, graduate students, museum professionals, librarians, independent researchers, writers, and interested others are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are awarded for two months or less. If applying from abroad, please consult applicable Visa guidelines before making your application.
Maximum stipend award is $2,000 per month. Residence on campus is available for award recipients. Please justify all expenditures. Application must be received by email by June 15, 2018. All required documents are to be submitted in a single PDF attachment.

Required documents include:

  • Completed application form
  • CV or Resume Research proposal of 1000 words or less
  • Budget (not to exceed $2,000 monthly) and choice of dates (January – December 2020)
  • Letter of recommendation from advisor or colleague, emailed separately

Applications Due by August 15, 2020. Please submit application to

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the North Carolina State University Libraries is excited to offer the first annual Tom Regan Visiting Research Fellowship. The fellowship has been established through the generosity of the Culture & Animals Foundation in memory of Tom Regan to promote scholarly research in animal rights. CAF continues to offer annual grants to scholars and artists working on these issues.The fellowship will support the use of the SCRC’s Animal Rights Archive—the largest scholarly archive of animal rights collections in the country. The SCRC builds collections of rare and unique materials to support the research and teaching needs of the university, emphasizing established and emerging areas at the university and corresponding to strengths within the Libraries’ overall collection. These rich collections serve as a foundation for generations of scholarship in animal protection, impacting and supporting scholars from across the nation. The fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend awarded to a qualified applicant for research completed in residence at the SCRC for a term of no less than four weeks to begin on or after July 1.

  • Applicants must submit (electronic preferred) the researcher’s curriculum vitae, a cover page including name, address, phone, email, institutional affiliation, current position/title, a project outline and rationale for use of the collections, the names of three appropriate references, and a detailed budget. Eligible expenses include travel (air, train, or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle; and parking fees.) Also included are lodging, meals, and reproduction expenses.
  • Graduate students should also submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or theses director on the significance of the research topic and abilities of the candidate.
  • At the end of the research fellowship, awardees are expected to submit a final report on their research and may be invited to discuss their work at a Libraries event during their stay. Awardees should also submit copies of publications that result from their research to both SCRC and to CAF.

Applications are due annually by April 30. Awardees will be notified by June 1 for support to begin on July 1 and to be completed by August 15 of the same year. For more information and to submit applications, please contact:

Gwynn Thayer
Acting Department Head, Special Collections Research Center
NCSU Libraries
Campus Box 7111
Raleigh, NC 27695-7111
(919) 513-3315

NYU Animal Studies is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting submissions for a new award and workshop on ending factory farming. We invite graduate students and early career faculty (i.e., faculty within 5 years of graduation) in any field to submit new or recent (i.e., unpublished or published within one year of submission) work related to this topic. We will select up to three papers for a $1,000 award and funded travel to NYU for a workshop on ending factory farming. The NYU Animal Studies Workshop on Ending Factory Farming will be a one-day event in Spring 2020. Each selected author will present their work to an audience of NYU Animal Studies faculty, students, and community members. There will also be a keynote address and a dinner. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for authors to discuss their research and meet other people working in this important and neglected space. We welcome papers in any field in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences that can contribute to our understanding about ending factory farming. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • – The human, nonhuman, and/or environmental impacts of factory farming
  • – The human, nonhuman, and/or environmental impacts of alternative food systems
  • – Empirical and/or ethical analysis of what kinds of food production and consumption are ideal
  • – Empirical and/or ethical analysis of what kinds of food advocacy and philanthropy are ideal
  • – Social and/or psychological research that relates to food production, consumption, and advocacy
  • – Legal, political, and/or economic research that relates to food production, consumption, and advocacy

Please email by September 1 2019 with the subject heading “Award and Workshop Submission” and the following materials in PDF format:

  • – Curriculum vitae.
  • Cover letter. The cover letter should be no more than 500 words, and should include a summary of your paper and of the research program of which this paper is part.
  • Paper draft. This work should be either unpublished or published within one year of submission, should be no more than 8,000 words, and should be completed in a manner appropriate for the field of choice. (If your work is longer than 8,000 words, please feel free to submit an 8,000-word excerpt.)
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